Aphrodisiacs in history and aphrodisiac remedies

See also: Natural aphrodisiacs and Aphrodisiac foods

Aphrodisiacs are substances that stimulate and cause sexual desire and excitement. Their name comes from Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, beauty, sexuality and lust.

Since ancient times (Egyptians, Greeks and Romans) man has researched, selected and disseminated substances with aphrodisiac properties in order to awaken his sexual appetites at the right time. Among all these substances there are also many foods, selected because they are capable of overcoming emotional blocks and reluctance. Let's think for example of alcohol and its properties, if not aphrodisiac, at least disinhibiting and socialising.

According to tradition, exceptional sexual performances can also be attributed to certain foods. Among these, the best known are oysters, caviar, prawns, truffles and some spices (pepper, chilli, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, saffron, vanilla, ginger).

Particularly sad and distressing is the belief that certain exotic concoctions derived from body parts of endangered animals have aphrodisiac properties (rhinoceros horns, snake blood, whale meat, etc.).

Although these are useless legends, the recklessness with which men and women purchase and use these substances to make more money under the sheets should give pause for thought.

If these aphrodisiac remedies are used with the aim of taking a person to bed, it means that, in addition to having touched him, we have also hit rock bottom. Yet the web is full of remedies, magical sprays based on pheromones, capable of making our partner fall into our arms. Whether they succeed or not, they are still subtle and slimy remedies just like the spirit of those who purchase and use them. There are probably very few things more humiliating than being reduced to needing foods or substances with a supposed aphrodisiac effect to get someone into bed. It simply means being insecure, not believing in yourself, and having a strong propensity for fraud (a bit like stealing to make money).

The matter obviously falls away if you add, for example, a pinch of chilli pepper to your partner's dish with the belief that it can make him more uninhibited and sexually active. If making this gesture on the first date is not morally praiseworthy, doing it with the consent and complicity of the partner, when he has already clearly expressed his interest in us, can contribute to creating an atmosphere of complicity by adding, this is precisely the case to say it, a little spice to the evening.

Aphrodisiacs should not be used with the aim of conquering and seducing the object of our desires. If anything, they can help add a little spice and complicity to a pleasant evening with your partner.

To win over the person we are interested in, please, let's try to focus on our qualities, without resorting to miserable tricks which, if we think about it, are only the despicable fruit of an insecure soul.

Do aphrodisiacs really work?

Anaphrodisia is the lack of sexual desire which can be linked to congenital or acquired psychophysical diseases (hormonal alterations, psychological blocks, severe stress, etc.). In most cases the origin of the problem is of a psychological nature and the belief that a certain substance can rekindle the lost desire can be helpful (placebo effect). The atmosphere, intimacy, complicity and having spent pleasant moments in the company of your partner contribute to further reinvigorating sexual appetites.

These are the more or less scientific and rationally acceptable aspects on which the effectiveness of aphrodisiacs is based.

Numerous scientific studies have in fact demonstrated that the aphrodisiac power of certain substances or foods is linked only to a phenomenon of psychic suggestion. From a pharmacological point of view, however, there are no certain data proving its effectiveness.

Coming back down to earth a bit, any person with a minimum of logic would realize that the rather long times of the digestive processes would not allow an immediate aphrodisiac effect. Furthermore, the belief that some foods have aphrodisiac properties by virtue of their richness in substances fundamental for sexual functions has no scientific basis. Caviar, for example, is rich in zinc, an important mineral for sperm production but, unless there is a significant deficiency, taking this substance does not increase the number of sperm produced.

Without going too far, we can therefore state that some foods and substances actually have aphrodisiac properties which, however, are based above all on psychological and cultural factors (placebo effect).


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